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Messi, Suarez And Ronaldo Up For UEFA Best Player

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Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo will compete for UEFA’s Best Player in Europe award for last season.

UEFA have confirmed that the three superstars topped a Europe-wide poll of journalists who chose from a 10-player shortlist.

The same 54-member panel picks a winner on August 27 at the Champions League group draw in Monaco.

Suarez is nominated despite starting his season in late-October after serving a FIFA ban for biting at the World Cup.

The Uruguay forward scored the final goal in Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Juventus in the Champions League final.

Five Juventus players were shortlisted – Gianluigi Buffon, Paul Pogba, Carlos Tevez, Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo (now New York City) – but only one from the Premier League, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.

Watch Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup on Friday 14 August at 9pm on Sky Sports 5.